Only a handful of people would have recognised the Simon Weston who headed out for the Falklands Conflict in June 1982. But the face of the Simon Weston who returned from the bombing of the Sir Galahad is recognised the world over, not for his disfigurement from 46% burns but for the optimism which he radiates. His determination has inspired courage and the will to excel in countless others. And his irrepressible humour, his infectious enthusiasm and his immediately engaging personality have made him the number one choice of many companies who invite Simon back to speak time and again.
"Simon was a huge success. People are still talking about it and everyone I've spoken to found Simon's address really inspirational and very moving. His remarks about rehabilitation had particular resonance with the delegates and he pitched everything perfectly. It was just right for our conference"
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In 1982 the Sir Galahad was destroyed in Bluff Cove on the Falkland Islands. On board was Simon Weston, Welsh Guardsman, a name and face that was going to become well known for his struggle to overcome his injuries (46% burns) and redefine his role in life. Simon's message is one of achievement, of triumph over adversity, of seizing the moment and succeeding. Following his injuries, Simon's road to physical, spiritual and mental recovery saw him active in a number of highly successful ventures including 'The Weston Spirit', a Liverpool-based young people's charity. His charitable work earned him an OBE in the 1992 Queen's Birthday Honours. He was also awarded the Freedom of the City of Liverpool in 2002 in recognition of his bravery and his charity work in the region. He was honored as one of the top 100 Welsh Heroes in 2004, and in 2014, in a survey conducted by Freud Communications, Simon was voted top of the UK's Heroes Index, naming him the Nations Favourite Hero.
For two years Simon was the President for Wales Scouting, and is currently the Patron of the Falkland Veterans Foundation, The Enham Trust, Allied Service Trust and an Ambassador for Changing Faces. He has also helped to set up Care After Combat – a charity for veterans. Simon's story has been well publicised and he has been the subject of five major BBC Television documentaries: 'Simon's War', 'Simon's Peace', 'Simon's Triumph', 'Simon's Return' and in April 1999, 'Simon's Journey'. In 2014 he was nominated by viewers on the 'BBC The One Show' to have his Portrait painted and hung in the National Portrait Gallery, and BBC documentary followed Simon and the process behind creating the portrait. In 2008 Simon presented reports for ITN covering the 90th Anniversary of the end of the First World War and in late 2011 he returned to the Falklands Islands to film a documentary to help mark the 30th Anniversary of the Falklands War in 2012.
His autobiography, 'Walking Tall', was No1 in the best selling list. 'Going Back' was also a best seller being in the top 10 for eight weeks. He then wrote a series of fiction books with titles such as 'Cause of Death' and 'Phoenix'. His most recent book, 'Moving On' was published in 2003 and sees Simon lay his Falklands ghosts to rest. Simon has published 4 children’s books - “A Nod From Nelson”, “Nelson to the Rescue” and “Nelson at Sea”and“Get Fit wit Nelson” and in 2014 was delighted to be asked to voiceover some children’s stories for CBeebies. In 2015 Simon embarked on a 20 date theatre tour across the UK, which expanded into 2016 given the success of the tour. A successful businessman too, Simon Weston OBE currently runs his own security business in South Wales and is a director of Zappawoo Ltd, set up to help transform the disabled holiday market.
Speaking Topics Include –
1. Overcoming Adversity
2. Accepting Change
3. Taking up the Challenges for now and the Future
4. Liking the Person You Are (Enjoy living in the skin you have)
"Simon was absolutely amazing, as I am sure you are aware. The feedback has been extremely positive!"
"Simon was such an inspiration. After all that he has been through his positive outlook on life really made me sit up and think. His added humour made it even more enjoyable."
The Housing Association
"He was such an inspiration and moved everyone with his courage, determination and passion to help young people succeed. Delegates were talking about him all day and into the evening last night. He truly made an indelible mark on us all."
"The audience was spellbound and everyone marked Simon in the highest category (excellent) in the feedback forms. I don't think we could have chosen anyone better to bring our conference to a close."